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Van Persie looks for the door after United frustrations

| 06.03.2014

Following Coral’s recent feature on potential Manchester United players coming in and going out of Old Trafford this summer, it seems Robin van Persie’s future at the club is already in doubt.

Reports in Italy suggest the Dutchman is a target for Juventus, as well as Premier League title favourites Chelsea (5/4) and Monaco.

Although Van Persie has a very impressive scoring record for United – with 27 league goals in 54 games and 44 from 70 in all competitions – since joining them in August 2012 for a reported £24m, the club’s failings this season have led to rumoured unrest.

New boss David Moyes has inevitably not managed to live up to the standards of predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson, who was in charge at United for more than a quarter of a century, and his new side currently lie seventh in the league. They are a whopping 12 points behind fourth place with 11 games to go and have odds of just 10/1 to finish in a Champions league spot.

Jose Mourinho is said to be very keen on Van Persie, as his current crop of forwards in Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba have all failed to live up to the high Stamford Bridge standards.

Chelsea’s Portuguese boss, however, reportedly has Monaco striker Radamel Falcao at the top of his wish-list, and if the Colombian does move to west London, that could suggest the Ligue 1 side would be front-runners to get Dutch captain RVP.

Van Persie, who played the full 90 minutes in his country’s 2-0 away defeat to France on March 5th, has been a disruptive influence in Man Utd training according to sources. With the club set to spend big this summer, Moyes could be looking to let his 30-year-old striker go.

The feeling may be mutual, and United could use the money, while Van Persie is still in his prime, to go after the likes of Diego Costa and Edinson Cavani – who have both been linked recently with the club. Or, better still, now could be the time to field their patient, but extremely talented Mexican Javier Hernandez.

Juventus were linked with Van Persie before he joined Old Trafford, but were priced out of a move for the player who only had one year left on his Arsenal contract at the time.

Serie A’s leaders currently have the likes of former United star Carlos Tevez as well as Fernando Llorente, Fabio Quagliarella and Pablo Osvaldo (on loan from Southampton) on their books. Too much competition for places, however, suggest the Old Lady could miss out on their long-term target.



Sam Barnard

Sam has been writing for Coral since January 2014, and is the assistant editor of the news site. As well as the main betting sports, football, tennis and cricket, he covers the likes of golf, F1 and darts too, the latter of which has become a particular favourite. Sam enjoys playing as much as writing about sports, but niggling injuries have limited his participation in recent years, so is happy to mainly watch the pros such as Manchester United, Yorkshire CCC, Raymond van Barneveld and even Gibraltar national football team instead.